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When is criticizing Israel antisemitism?
When is criticizing Israel antisemitism? | GZERO World

When is criticizing Israel antisemitism?

Is it easier to be antisemitic today? Tragically, yes, says Israeli-American actor and activist Noa Tishby, who served as Israel’s Special Envoy for Combating Antisemitism before Prime Minister Netanyahu dismissed her for speaking out against his controversial judicial reform agenda. She joins Ian Bremmer on GZERO World for a wide-ranging conversation on the ancient roots and modern resurgence of anti-Jewish sentiment. And it's not just coming from the right, says Tishby.

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Antisemitism is more prevalent than ever, warns activist Noa Tishby
Antisemitism is more prevalent than ever, warns activist Noa Tishby | GZERO World

Antisemitism is more prevalent than ever, warns activist Noa Tishby

Antisemitism is ancient. Antisemitism is modern. And lately, it's been on the rise. The Anti-Defamation League found 3,700 instances of antisemitic harassment, vandalism, or assault around the country last year, the highest number in its 43 years of tracking.

"Antisemitism is the oldest form of hate and discrimination that is still being practiced today," says Israeli-American actor and activist Noa Tishby, who served as Israel’s Special Envoy for Combating Antisemitism before Prime Minister Netanyahu dismissed her for speaking out against his controversial judicial reform agenda. "What's happening is that it's so prevalent, it's so pervasive, it's everywhere in our society, but for some reason people don't give it as much attention."

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Modern antisemitism on the rise
Modern antisemitism on the rise | GZERO World

Modern antisemitism on the rise

Antisemitism is nothing new. An ancient Greek historian in the second century BCE railed against the “ridiculous practices” of the Jews and the “absurdity of their law.”

But lately, it feels like an ugly trend is back in fashion. And the numbers back that up. The Anti-Defamation League found 3,700 instances of antisemitic harassment, vandalism, or assault around the country last year, the highest number in its 43 years of tracking. And then there was the horrific attack at Pittsburgh’s Tree of Life synagogue in 2018, which killed 11 people and remains the deadliest attack on the Jewish community in the United States.

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Podcast: Antisemitism's tragic persistence

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Listen: Delve into a thought-provoking conversation that confronts the unsettling resurgence of antisemitism, tracing its historical roots and contemporary manifestations. A recent report from the Anti-Defamation League documents 3,700 instances of antisemitic harassment, vandalism, and assault— including the heart-wrenching attack at Pittsburgh's Tree of Life synagogue in 2018, a grim reminder of the deadliest assault on the Jewish community in the United States — and paints a troubling broader picture of modern antisemitism around the world.

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